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The Hidden Heart (Super Historical Romance) Paperback – 3 Dec 2004
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About the Author
Candace Camp is a New York Times bestselling author of over sixty novels of contemporary and historical romance. She grew up in Texas in a newspaper family, which explains her love of writing, but she earned a law degree and practiced law before making the decision to write full-time. She has received several writing awards, including the RT Book Reviews Lifetime Achievement Award for Western Romances. Visit her at www.candace-camp.com.
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General Streathern was dying from a stroke he had left everything to 14 year old Gabriella. Jessica Maitland was her governess. For years . He made Richard her guardian . The general told Jessica as soon as the will was read to go to Richard!'s estate. He wanted Gabriella away from Lord Vesey a pervert for young girls . You read about them In the first book. Leona his wife was Dev's mistress for years in that book
Richard wants nothing to do with them when they arrive he refuses even to see Gabriella. He wants someone else to keep her. Jessica does not coddle him like the servants and family members do. Richard begins to change slowly he even begins to desire Jessica . The two Veseys show up Leona wants the money he the girl.. The author did well to show how ?Richard was beginning to accept life again He also was going to accept love or you were hoping so. The book also had some twists and turns,. I liked it the first two books were the best but also liked the third book too.
It's really fun to see this hero come out of his self-inflicted shell and become "human" again. I can hear his voice and Ms.Camp has him evolving , fighting every inch of the way to learning to car again for someone and to live. AND man do they live! What a funny, mysterious, household both servants, nobles, and the in-betweens! You can picture every person in this story and really care what happens to them.
The poor duke doesn't stand a chance but the words out of his mouth every time something happens and/or "visits" themselves in his home is really a delight to watch and behold!
This is a fun read that sweeps you along with the heroine. Be warned there is explicit sex but I passed over it as I'd rather not know "everything" with every couple!
This book as the others in the series are "peopled" with characters you want to know better and care what happens to them. Enjoy!
Jessica Maitland is a fiery flamed-haired governess to Gabriella Carstairs. Gabriella recently inherited a substantial estate when her Great Uncle is murdered. Immediately before his death he had warned Jessica that Gabriella was in danger and that she should be taken to the Duke of Cleybourne, her guardian.
The arrival of Jessica and Gabriella just might be what Richard needs to conquer his self imposed exile of the world. When the perverted Veseys arrive determined to retrieve Gabriella, Richard feels the danger to Gabriel is very real and Richard knows he cannot turn this innocent teen over to such a depraved duo. Shortly afterward, whether it is the Veseys or some unknown assailant, there is an attempt on her life.
Although I really really liked this book I have to grade it down a bit from the other two in the series. For me there were a few too many characters and it seemed the mystery plot dictated the romance rather than the romance being the central part of the story. In a way I suppose all of this confusion and suspense is what Richard needed to get himself out of his self imposed isolated world of the last four years. So while he probably needed to be thrown into murder and mayhem for me I would have enjoyed more a development of their love story. Thus while a good read not quite a five, but a strong four star book.